July 13, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke (40) pitches in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 7/24

Sports Illustrated

Torres, Davis lead Mets to 4-1 win over Braves

Jul 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Torres (52) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

If the New York Mets are going to make a run toward respectability, they will need a few more performances from Carlos Torres and Ike Davis like the ones they gave Tuesday night.

Torres pitched six impressive innings as a fill-in starter and had an RBI single, Davis turned an angry crowd in his favor with a go-ahead double in a three-run sixth and the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1.

“It’s a big boost,” manager Terry Collins said of Torres’ efforts in his second start of the season.


All Michigan

Report: Atlanta Braves seeking left-handed reliever, ‘checked in’ with Detroit Tigers about Phil Coke

The Detroit Tigers aren’t the only club reportedly seeking arms to add to their bullpen.

The Atlanta Braves are also said to scouring the market for relievers, specifically left-handers. And their search recently led them to the Tigers.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the Braves checked on the availability of left-handed reliever Phil Coke, but “nothing came of it.”


Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves announce “BP Under the Lights” Night at Turner Field

The Atlanta Braves announced today that fans will have the opportunity to take the field like their favorite big leaguers during the inaugural “BP Under the Lights” following the Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on July 27 at 3:05 p.m.

This unique opportunity will have fans take the field post-game alongside former Braves legendsMarquis GrissomPete Smith and Zane Smith acting as coaches. Each BP Under the Lights package will include a dugout game ticket along with the batting practice experience allowing patrons to shag fly balls in the outfield, bat from the player’s-level view in the on-field cage, interact with Braves alumni and take photos from the Braves dugout. This program is an exclusive recreation of a real Major League batting practice experience, so space is limited.

Ticket packages are $425 per person and include the batting practice experience and a game ticket to watch the matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals. Family and friends will have the opportunity to watch the post-game batting practice from the stands with their game ticket. Additional accompanying guest tickets are $79.


Staten Island

Staten Islander and Atlanta Braves hurler Anthony Varvaro ready, sure that he’s able

The 28-year-old has pitched only once since the All-Star break, that an inconsequential seventh inning in what would be a 10-6 Braves loss to the White Sox on July 20.

The inactivity is a good thing right now for Varvaro, who has already made 41 appearances and thrown 45-plus innings, by far the most work of his big-league career.

“Coming up to the All Star break I started feeling it,” he said of all the work he’d performed for one of the best bullpens in baseball. “Some fatigue set in, and because I didn’t feel as strong as I usually do, I was having some trouble with my mechanics.”



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